They Couldn’t Have Done (Any) of It Without Us.

Here is an interesting story – about our good ole Harvard, the pinnacle of American education (if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you).

This is not a unique situation. I believe it is repeated all over “academia”, who basically hate this nation, while living off the fat of it so well. AND I’m betting the DOJ has something on Harvard but has used this as a bargaining chip to advance some other need they have. It is too incredible for Harvard not to have known that these hyjinks were going on. ?Who on this earth isn’t aware of Chinese infiltration and wouldn’t have been suspicious of this cur.

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The “Trumpster” was in my home town…

The only problem is my timing. We went to eat at our local watering hole at 4:15, 1615 for the rest of the world and our military friends. We were returning at 5:25, (that’s 1725), or should I say, attempting to return.

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Texas Independence Day

It was on this day, one hundred eighty-four years ago, that the independence of Texas was proclaimed by a convention of Texian and Tejano patriots at the town of Washington-on-the-Brazos, near present-day College Station. Nearly a year later in San Antonio on February 25, 1837, one of the heroes of the Texas Revolution, Juan Seguín, gave a stirring eulogy for the defenders of the Alamo who perished during that conflict:

Companions in Arms!! These remains which we have the honor of carrying on our shoulders are those of the valiant heroes who died at the Alamo. Yes, my friends, they preferred to die a thousand times rather than submit themselves to the tyrant’s yoke. What a brilliant example! Deserving of being noted in the pages of history. The spirit of liberty appears to be looking out from its elevated throne with its pleasing mien and pointing to us, saying: “There are your brothers: Travis, Bowie, Crockett, and others whose valor places them in the rank of my heroes.” Yes, soldiers and fellow citizens, these are the worthy beings who, by the twists of fate, during the present campaign delivered their bodies to the ferocity of their enemies; who, barbarously treated as beasts, were bound by their feet and dragged to this spot, where they were reduced to ashes. The venerable remains of our worthy companions as witnesses, I invite you to declare to the entire world, “Texas shall be free and independent, or we shall perish in glorious combat.”... [Read More]

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Never Mind Cameras; What is This Airplane?

Dad was in OSS in China in 1945.  At debriefing in D.C. immediately post-war, Donovan ordered them all not to talk. (I have that letter now.)  So he didn’t talk, just bore with his memories in silence.  The exceptions were a brief outline of the tale, and a scrapbook of photos that we looked at often, but never were taught details about what we saw.... [Read More]

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Sirajuddin Haqqani

Team Trump is negotiating with the Taliban. Y’all may consider me to be a hawk, but I do not object to negotiations, and I do not have a reason to oppose a draw-down of American troops in Afghanistan. A majority of the recently-active Ratburghers have told me that they favor a complete withdrawal, and I am on record as opposing that rash proposal. There is no need to review that here, but I cannot control where y’all want to go in the comments.

Rather, this particular post is aimed at the New York Times. They published an op-ed from a terrorist. He may be a representative of the Taliban, but in this instance he is a fugitive terrorist on the FBI’s international wanted list for killing Americans.... [Read More]

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This Week’s Book Review – Churchill’s Phoney War

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday.... [Read More]

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Ron Paul Interviews Tulsi Gabbard: “A Progressive Appeal to New Hampshire Libertarians”

On 2020-02-07, Ron Paul interviewed Democrat presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard on his “Ron Paul Liberty Report”.  The discussion concentrated on points where libertarians and Gabbard may agree, such as a non-interventionist foreign policy.  He did not question her on areas of disagreement, which are many, as she is on most other issues a doctrinaire Democrat.

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This Week’s Book Review – Over There in the Air

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday.... [Read More]

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Saturday Night Science: Sonic Wind

“Sonic Wind” by Craig RyanPrior to the 1920s, most aircraft pilots had no means of escape in case of mechanical failure or accident. During World War I, one out of every eight combat pilots was shot down or killed in a crash. Germany experimented with cumbersome parachutes stored in bags in a compartment behind the pilot, but these often failed to deploy properly if the plane was in a spin or became tangled in the aircraft structure after deployment. Still, they did save the lives of a number of German pilots. (On the other hand, one of them was Hermann Göring.) Allied pilots were not issued parachutes because their commanders feared the loss of planes more than pilots, and worried pilots would jump rather than try to save a damaged plane.

From the start of World War II, military aircrews were routinely issued parachutes, and backpack or seat pack parachutes with ripcord deployment had become highly reliable. As the war progressed and aircraft performance rapidly increased, it became clear that although parachutes could save air crew, physically escaping from a damaged plane at high velocities and altitudes was a formidable problem. The U.S. P-51 Mustang, of which more than 15,000 were built, cruised at 580 km/hour and had a maximum speed of 700 km/hour. It was physically impossible for a pilot to escape from the cockpit into such a wind blast, and even if they managed to do so, they would likely be torn apart by collision with the fuselage or tail an instant later. A pilot’s only hope was that the plane would slow to a speed at which escape was possible before crashing into the ground, bursting into flames, or disintegrating.... [Read More]

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This Week’s Book Review – Crossing the Rubicon

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday.... [Read More]

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A Wee Bit of Humour this Late Saturday Night: Scottish Army Ration (MRE)

There is a curious subculture on YouTube of exploring and, sometimes at great personal risk, taste-testing military rations, sometimes from wars fought long before the tester/taster was born.  Big Clive was motivated to contribute to this genre, and posted this taste test of one of the last MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) prepared by the Scottish Army before it was assimilated into the British armed forces.  All of the major food groups a proper Scotsman should require are provided: sugar, alcohol, carbohydrates, nicotine, and plutonium.

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This Week’s Book Review – Heavy Date over Germany

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday.

Book Review

‘Heavy Date’ offers a look at war through a young man’s eyes

By MARK LARDAS... [Read More]

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